Blogs tagged "US Constitution"

Constitution Day and the Second Founding

Howard Chandler Christy's painting, signing of the United States Constitutution
Just as students and teachers are adapting to the demands and delights of the new school year, they are asked to learn about a document written 229 years ago that still impacts their lives. September 17, the day the framers signed their draft of the U.S. Constitution, has long been celebrated, but it is only since 2004 that there has been a mandate that every U.S. educational institution that receives federal funds should offer “an educational program” on it.Read More »
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Taking a Stand in History with Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton by Trumbull
[I]t seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend for their political constitutions on accident and force. Alexander Hamilton writing as “Publius” in Federalist No.1Read More »
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Celebrate the Bill of Rights

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Why do we have a Bill of Rights? What difference does it make?A brief historyIn the summer of 1787, as the delegates to the Constitutional Convention debated how to establish a system of government that would secure the rights of citizens better than that under the Articles of Confederation, very little time was devoted to discuss the inclusion of a declaration of individual rights against government in the new Constitution. Read More »
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Seven Ways of Looking at the U.S. Constitution

On September 17 every U.S. educational institution that receives federal grant money is required by law to teach about the United States Constitution. EDSITEment was one of the first federal agencies to establish a Constitution Day feature and over the years it has evolved into a robust minisite of many lessons, vetted websites, games, and videos.Read More »
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